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Healthcare Estates 2018 – Review

Celebrating IHEEM’s 75th anniversary and the NHS 70 year anniversary ensured the 2018 Healthcare Estates was the busiest yet. Over 250 exhibiting companies saw over 4,000 attendees in two frantic days in Manchester.

With Keynote presentations from Simon Corben Director and Head of Profession, NHS Estates and Facilities Efficiency and Productivity Davison,  NHSI, Nick Hulme Chief Exec of for East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, STP Lead for Suffolk and North East Essex STP, and Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering, the conference covered a wide range of subjects, including Compliance, Technology, Regeneration and Planning, Design for Clinical Service, Strategy, Sustainability, Procurement, Energy, Well Building, Light in Healthcare Environments, and patient safety.

Ian Hinitt, IHEEM President comments; “I’ve had very positive feedback from delegates and exhibitors…The subtle changes in format by event organisers Step Exhibitions at Manchester Central appear to have gone down very well this year, which saw an increase in overall attendance by 23% on Day 1

The excellent ‘surprise’ appearance by Nye Bevan (actor, Jon Buckeridge) in the opening session was a fitting tribute to the NHS founder, reflecting on the founding principles of the NHS constitution which are still very much current, in celebrating the NHS 70th and IHEEM’s 75th anniversary years, looking back through the decades to present times and capturing the attention of the audience in a spellbinding performance.

Ian continued; keynote speakers Simon Corben – Director of Estates and Facilities and NHSi Head of Profession, Nick Hulme – Chief Executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT and Dr Hayaatun Sillem – Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Engineering reflected on the national Estates and Facilities strategies, anecdotal reflection on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry and opportunities for the industry and embracing diversity and inclusion in engineering, a subject I’ll be championing in my Presidential term of office, working with Dr Manju Patel – Chair of the IHEEM Diversity and Inclusion Group. A packed programme of excellent conference speakers, the NHSi drop in workshops and fringe presentations offered something for everyone.

The awards dinner at the Mercure was once again sold out with 480 guests in attendance, entertained by the harmonious and contemporary Salford and Tameside based Choir (Dionne has the managers name)?? Do That Thing Choir and humorous after dinner speaker Jan Molby – former Liverpool FC star, made for a most enjoyable evening, leading to the awards when Richard Boyce very deservedly received this year’s Life Time achievement honours and we saw the first IHEEM Apprentice of the Year awarded to Dionne has the names of all the winners??, along with numerous industry awards being made to Dionne has the names of all the winners  for ??. The dinner raised a very commendable £3,017 for this year’s IHEEM charity – the Portsmouth NHS Trust (check with Annabelle).

Ian summed up the event saying “On reflection this year’s conference was a very fitting close to Pete Sellars term of office as out-going President in which he set IHEEM’s Five Key Themes strategy to 2021, which I’m very pleased to progress and in particular in championing the apprenticeship and diversity and inclusion agenda and I’m looking forward to next year’s conference, which will host 80+ nations when Manchester hosts the 2019 IHFE Conference. Thanks are due to all our event sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, organisers, delegates and not least IHEEM staff and committees, for such a successful conference and exhibition”.

Outgoing IHEEM President Pete Sellars, commented, ‘I thought this year’s conference raised the bar with respect to content and quality of speakers throughout the two days, there was a real buzz around the place which was great to see. I particularly liked how the conference theme of our Heritage your Future was captured in the first session which set the tone for the rest of the conference. Finally the evening awards dinner was the best I’ve attended. Of cause I would say that wouldn’t I!!!!!’

The Healthcare Estates conference attracted 450+ delegates, speakers and VIP’s this year, and celebrated IHEEM’s 75th anniversary and the NHS’s 70th birthday.  The conference began with something a bit different – a look back in time by “Aneurin Bevan”, who also gave his views on the health service present day, and the potential for the Future. The dinner and awards attracted 500 attendees who were entertained by Jan Molby, ex Liverpool and Ajax football star who also presented the awards with 10 winners for Estates & Facilities team, Sustainable Achievement, Product Innovation, Architectural Practice, Consultancy Refurbishment project, New Build projects of the year. The awards also saw Richard Boyce awarded with the IHEEM Lifetime Achievement and Simon Mellor from Sodexo win the inaugural Apprentice of the Year. (Links to awards page)

Duane Passman, Director of 3T’s Brighton NHSFT said “A stimulating and interesting two days this year at Healthcare Estates.  The quality of the presentations and the discussions arising was very high again this year and bodes well for next year.  Following the hard work of Peter Sellars and others, this year saw a record number of attendances from Apprentices which bodes well for the future.  A further welcome – and vitally necessary strand of work for IHEEM over the coming years is a broader diversity and inclusivity drive.  I thought that the exhibition looked much fresher and more informative this year.”

The exhibition opened with record levels of visitors attending the exhibition while the conference opening presentation was jointly commissioned by IHEEM and Step and sponsored by Static Systems Group, celebrated 70 years of the NHS and recognised the 75th anniversary of IHEEM by a look back through the decades from the perspective of Aneurin Bevan focussing on the achievements and contribution engineering has made to the NHS from its early days. It was presented by Jon Buckeridge founder and artistic director of Parable Arts. Jon is a classically trained actor, writer and director based in the West Midlands. He specialises in ‘storytelling’ and has presented at the Edinburgh Fringe and tours the UK with his own shows and presentations.

Duncan Sissons BSc MRICS Dip Proj Man MAPM MIoD, Project Director, John Sisk & Son Ltd said about the event; “I am working with a number of Trusts across England and really enjoyed the conference and the Streams worked very well. There appeared to be more Trusts represented this year which along with the expanded exhibition space worked well but as always I could have done with more time to get around the exhibitors. I thought there was “something for everyone”

Finally on the dinner, this was most enjoyable, the choir was a really good start to proceedings

Further innovations and improvements are promised over the coming months, with a new venue for the dinner and a larger exhibition with 250+ companies.

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